The Old Scalby Mills pub in Sea Cut closed on January 9 for two and a half weeks and cost £30,000 before it ran into difficulties and bills began to pile up, said 73-year-old homeowner Keith Dufton.
“We weren’t going to do everything in a pub, but once you start doing a couple of things, he points out what else is wrong. In the end, we thought if we’re going to do this, let’s do it right,” he said.
The pub, which had been converted from a water mill by 1854, was completely renovated with a completely new interior. The seats have been replaced with high-backed booths for more privacy, fresh paint and white ceilings, new lighting and a light oak effect throughout, and both bars have been given a distinctive theme: nautical and TV, film and theater, a nod to Mr. Dufton. former career as film and theater critic.
The reopening date was delayed after it was revealed that the kitchen wall was rotten and collapsed and needed to be replaced as well as the building’s electrical wiring.
This is the pub’s biggest renovation project since Mr Dufton began renting the site in 2003, which he later bought in 2015. “What we didn’t want was to ruin what the charming old place has, but we wanted to bring it into the 21st century.”
Rising inflation and falling costs of living are “worrisome,” Mr Dufton said, but he hopes for a busy summer and good weather.
“Everything we do must be related to these two summer months when we charge a disproportionate amount of money for the size of the place. But it should help us get through the winter when we can really lose money in a couple of months. .
“The first important indicator of whether we have problems or if everything is fine with us will be Easter. If visitors do not come in droves, as usual, we will have problems, but I hope they will, ”he added.
The pub’s new design was the work of co-director Samantha, without whose “enormous” input and “wonderful attention to detail” Mr. Dufton would not have been able to complete the interior.
“I’m delighted because it looks great. I personally enjoy being in this space again,” said Mr. Dufton. “If I feel this way, I hope many other people will feel the same way.
“We are very pleased with the result and virtually all of the comments we received on Facebook matched.”